By Ronald Kabuye
The interdicted Uganda Investment Authority UIA Jolly Kaguhangire has defied the resolution by the UIA board of directors in the 51st sitting of interdicting her for a period of three month as a select committee investigates the corruption allegations levied against her.
Kaguhangire says the decision reached by the board is invalid, ultra vires, illegal and incurably void ab intio since it did not follow the laws and regulations governing UIA, standard corporate practice, governance and the principle of equity which makes the decision not to be of the board thus defying it.
In the letter responding to the one interdicting her, Kaguhangire said one of the member who participated in her interdiction had an interest in the matter which is contrary to section 4.4 of the board manual, secondly, the issue touching on the ED was not on the agenda so deliberating on it was contrary to section 4.1,2(b), that the notice given for the meeting was less than 7 days and lastly all allegations made against her are unfounded and totally baseless thus she remains available to answer all of them satisfactorily in an unbiased forum.
“this letter also serves to inform you that I am still in office as they UIA executive director carrying out my duties and the mandate of the authority. Any decision made by any other officer on behalf of the authority is null and void” Jolly Kaguhangire letter read in parts.
It should be noted that The board that sat on Tuesday 26th June resolved to interdict Kaguhangire on grounds of abuse of office, insurbodination, misleading and lying to the board, non compliance with implementation of the strategic plan in defiance of the directive of the ministry of finance and board of directors on the one year implementation, closure of a public office without authorization (UIA Namanve office), serious corruption allegations made by UIA staff against her that touch on her integrity as the head of UIA.
In an effort to reach a final just decision, the board of directors appointed a select committee to investigate the grounds of her interdiction which commitee will also give her a chance to defend herself before it.
Kaguhangire was also directed to hand over the office to Mr. Basil Ajer, the director SME and STI who will act as ED for the three months of her interdiction.
By Ronald Kabuye